Born Shad Gregory Moss in Columbus, Ohio on March 9, 1987. Bow Wow was a precocious kid who started rhyming as a toddler, and first appeared on stage at the age of 5. His showbiz career was launched just a year later when he made the most of an opportunity to open for Snoop Dogg on the Chronic Tour.
The "Lottery Ticket" Interview
with Kam Williams
Kam Williams: Hey Bow Wow, how you been? I don't think we've spoken since Like
Bow Wow: Wow, that's years. I'm a grown man now.
KW: What's life been like for you since then?
BW: It's been crazy, man, one heck of a ride. I've done six more arena tours since then, five more movies, and I've switched labels. I'm now at Cash Money Records, so I've got a lot of great things going on. I'm just trying to soak it all in slowly, at my own pace, even though everything's moving kinda' fast. But so far, so good.
KW: What interested you in Lottery Ticket?
BW: The fact that it had a great story behind it. When I signed on, we didn't have all the cast together, but I believed in the project. And once I committed to the role, then Cube committed, and after that it was like a domino effect. What really sold me on it was the chance to work with such a great cast.
KW: Yeah, a lot of veteran actors like Keith David, Loretta Devine and Terry Crews, and seasoned standup comics like Mike Epps, Charlie Murphy and Bill Bellamy, and some talented newcomers like Naturi Naughton and Brandon T. Jackson. I loved the movie. It's one of those roller coaster rides that keeps you laughing and on the edge of your seat every step of the way.
BW: Thank you very much, I appreciate that.
KW: I have some questions for you from my readers. Harriet Pakula Teweles asks, do you play the lottery?
BW: Do I actually buy lottery tickets? Truthfully, no, although in this situation the safe answer would probably have been, "Yes I do," because of the movie's title. [Laughs] But, nah, I don't.
KW: Harriet also asks, would you rather have your fans buy your new album or on lottery tickets?
BW: The album isn't about to drop just yet, and I'd rather they spend the money on the movie, Lottery Ticket, than on lottery tickets.
KW: I thought you're new album was coming out soon.
BW: Not soon, right now we're thinking Halloween. You're the first person I've told that to.
KW: Thanks for the scoop! Are you still in the studio?
BW: I've begun doing a little recording for the album. But, I probably won't officially start on the album until after I complete my next film which I start shooting on Monday.
KW: What film is that?
BW: As of now, I can't say. I'm still waiting for them t give me an okay to make an announcement.
KW: Children's book author Irene Smalls asks, from your rap roots to movie stardom what has been the guiding principle of your career?
BW: Wow! That's a good question. I guess just studying, man, and watching all the greats before me, like LL Cool J, who is one of my idols. He has a very female-dominant fan base, like myself. He's also an actor, and has a hit TV show right now. He's a great friend and someone I talk to. It's always great to have your idols in your corner. That's one guy I pay all my homage to and respect.
KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman says she still remember you before your voice changed. She wants to know what you do to keep your image squeaky clean.
BW: I wouldn't say I'm a squeaky clean person. A wise man once told me, it's not what you do, it's how you do it. At the end day, the only thing I owe the public is great entertainment, to respect my fans everywhere I go and to give the people what they want from me. I live by that motto, and it hasn't steered me wrong yet. I don't want to mess up my life. You only get one shot. I don't want to let my fans or anybody else down. So, I always think before I act. And as long as I do that, I'll be okay.
KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?
BW: [Laughs] No, I think I've been asked just about every question in the book.
KW: The Tasha Smith question: Are you ever afraid?
BW: To be honest, I can get a little nervous, yes. In fact, I have butterflies in my stomach right now, because I'm preparing for a new movie, and I'll be doing a very long scene on the first day of shooting.
KW: The Columbus Short question: Are you happy?
BW: If there's a word better than happy, that's how I feel right now.
KW: The Teri Emerson question: When was the last time you had a good laugh?
BW: I had one hell of a laugh last night on my tour bus. [LOL]
KW: The music maven Heather Covington question: What was the last song you listened to?
BW: One of my records.
KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?
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